Computer Insecurity: In-House Audit Raises Questions About Safety of Hartford Data, Power Backup and More - NBC Connecticut

Computer Insecurity: In-House Audit Raises Questions About Safety of Hartford Data, Power Backup and More

The computer network for the city of Hartford is in need of major safety and security upgrades. (Published Monday, July 6, 2015)

The computer network for the city of Hartford is in need of major safety and security upgrades.

The NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters obtained a report, written by the Hartford Internal Audit Department, concerning the computer network used by the city government and schools.

Auditors say city data on mobile and portable systems is not protected with things like encryption and secured passwords. Plus, the city's main data center has no auxiliary power back up except for something that would work for about three hours. The audit also says the city does not have cyber liability insurance, which would cover the city if it was hacked and personal information was compromised.

The city responded in the report that it will try to address all these vulnerabilities, saying cyber liability insurance would cost $80,000, and an auxiliary power backup would set it back another $100,000.

The full report is available here.

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